Multiple sclerosis and your eyes -- Nystagmus; Twitching; Optic neuritis, and More

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MS is characterized by the immune system damaging myelin — a substance that surrounds and protects nerve fibers. Damaged areas of myelin are referred to as plaques or lesions.
Demyelinating lesions can affect different parts of the CNS, including the optic nerves. One of the common early signs of MS is vision problems.

People with MS sometimes experience myoclonus. Myoclonus is sudden, involuntary twitching or quivering of a muscle or group of muscles.
It’s a reactive nerve cell misfire that sends the wrong signal to your muscles. This could be the result of demyelinating lesions from MS.

There are a variety of causes for an eye twitch in people with MS, such as nystagmus and internuclear ophthalmoplegia. Other eye conditions such as optic neuritis and diplopia are also known to affect many people with MS.

Nystagmus is uncontrolled repetitive vertical, horizontal, or circular eye movements. This makes it nearly impossible to steadily view objects.
Acquired nystagmus is not an uncommon symptom of MS, and often results in diminished vision and depth perception. It also can impact coordination and balance.
If you have visually disabling nystagmus, your doctor might recommend medications such as:
gabapentin (Neurontin)baclofen (Lioresal)memantine (Namenda)clonazepam (Klonopin)
Internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO) is damage to the nerve fibers that coordinate both eyes in looking from side to side (horizontal movements). Vertical eye movements are not affected.
If INO is caused by a stroke (typically in older people), it usually only affects one eye. If it’s caused by MS (typically in younger people), it often affects both eyes.

Some studiesTrusted Source have indicated that INO is seen in about 23 percentTrusted Source of people with MS and that most people will experience a complete recovery.
For acute internuclear ophthalmoplegia, your doctor might recommend intravenous steroid therapy.


A common vision problem related to MS, optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve that can result in blurred vision, pain, and a sudden loss of vision — typically in one eye.

Rarely causing blindness, optic neuritis might result in the blurring of vision or a dark spot in the center of the visual field, known as a central scotoma.

Optic neuritis commonly improves on its own, but based on your specific situation, your doctor might recommend a steroid such as methylprednisolone administered intravenously, possibly followed with oral steroids.



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3 Techniques to Help You Overcome Anxiety and Stress

3 Techniques to Help You Overcome Anxiety and Stress
05.05.20 - BY JESSIE ACE - MultipleSclerosisNewsToday
Anxiety and stress are unhelpful for anyone’s mind or body, particularly with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis
Feeling anxious or stressed is our brain’s mechanism to prepare the body for a potentially harmful threat. The brain releases a surge of chemicals to prepare the body for going into what’s called a fight-or-flight response. This response is meant to save our life when we are in danger.  

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However, most of the time, we’re not actually in physical danger. Rather, the danger is perceived. So how do we override this response by the brain and reduce anxiety? We must change our way of thinking and our physiology. 
What effect does anxiety have on our bodies? The released chemicals change our physiology. Blood vessels tighten, our heart pumps faster, and breathing is shallower, to name a few. 

How does anxiety affect someone with MS? Stress makes our bodies work harder, increasing fatigue and exacerbating other symptoms
Here’s how we hack our brain to avoid this:
Question whether the thing you’re anxious about is in your control. Most often, we don’t have control over the things that are worrying us.
I know that when I was a newly diagnosed 22-year-old with MS, I used to worry like crazy about the future and what my life would be like with this illness. 
Did worrying about my future at the time help? Nope! Did it make my anxious state almost unbearable? Yep. 
The only thing you can control are the actions you take today to create a better tomorrow.
That is why it is so important to do things like getting in the routine of a healthy diet for MS and exercising today so you can be healthier tomorrow. 
Here is a video I made to help explain what I mean: https://mmini.me/areweincontrol 
Use a breathing technique to override the brain’s fight-or-flight response. Breathing is super important for relaxing the body and cutting down those chemicals released by the brain. Breathing deeply sends more oxygen to the brain via the bloodstream. It pretty much tells your mind to calm down and chill out. 
Also, if you find yourself too anxious to sleep or you are struggling with insomnia, this is a great technique to try. 
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Reduce anxiety by naming five things around you. This is simple but effective. Why the heck does it work? Because it focuses your brain on what’s happening in the present. Naming the things around you also changes what’s going on in your brain. The left side of your brain, which is responsible for logic and reasoning, gets drowned out by the right side, which is the imaginative, creative, and emotional side. 
In essence, naming the things around you drives focus to the left side of your brain and cancels out the imaginative/emotional response that can run away with us and create scenarios in our minds of things that might happen.
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FDA Approves Bafiertam, (a Tecfidera) Generic, for Relapsing MS

FDA Approves Bafiertam, (a Tecfidera) Generic, for Relapsing MS



Banner Life Sciences Announces Final FDA Approval of BAFIERTAM for Multiple Sclerosis

BAFIERTAM™ (monomethyl fumarate), the bioequivalent alternative to Biogen’s Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate), is a new oral treatment option for relapsing forms of Multiple Sclerosis
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April 30, 2020 07:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HIGH POINT, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Banner Life Sciences LLC (Banner), a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted final approval of BAFIERTAM™ (monomethyl fumarate) delayed-release capsules for the treatment of relapsing forms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

“The FDA’s final approval marks an important milestone for Banner and for patients living with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis,” said Franck Rousseau, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Banner. “We are working diligently and are eager to bring this alternative treatment to physicians and patients as soon as possible.”

“As a practicing neurologist treating patients with MS, I’m encouraged that a lower dose of BAFIERTAM is equivalent to Tecfidera and may possibly lead to improved gastrointestinal tolerability for patients, especially early in the treatment regimen,” said Daniel Wynn, M.D. FACNS FAASM, Director, Clinical Research, Director Consultants in Neurology Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, Chicago, Illinois.

The FDA granted tentative approval of BAFIERTAM on November 16, 2018 under a New Drug Application (NDA) submitted under the 505(b)(2) filing pathway. BAFIERTAM, a novel fumarate bioequivalent alternative to a prodrug of BAFIERTAM, Tecfidera®1 (dimethyl fumarate) of Biogen Inc, met the required bioequivalence, safety, efficacy and quality standards for tentative approval. Final approval was pending the expiration of U.S. Patent Number 7,619,001 (“the ‘001 patent”) on June 20, 2020 protecting Biogen’s Tecfidera, or the outcome of pending litigation between Banner and Biogen regarding the patent.

In January 2019, Banner announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware had ruled in favor of Banner’s motion for judgment on the pleadings against Biogen, Inc. deciding BAFIERTAM does not infringe the ‘001 patent, thus permitting Banner to seek final FDA approval. On April 21, 2020, Banner announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had upheld the earlier Court’s decision.

About BAFIERTAM™ (monomethyl fumarate)

BAFIERTAM is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), to include Clinically Isolated Syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active Secondary Progressive disease, in adults.

About Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), the most common form of MS, is a debilitating autoimmune disease characterized by inflammatory attacks to the central nervous system followed by periods of remission. RRMS affects approximately 85 percent of patients diagnosed with MS, or an estimated 2 million people worldwide.2 There is no cure for MS and disease progression and degree of impairment vary widely by patient depending on the location and extent of nerve damage. Treatment regimens for RRMS focus on symptom management, slowing disease progression and reducing relapses.

SELECTED SAFETY INFORMATION

CONTRAINDICATIONS

BAFIERTAM is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to monomethyl fumarate, dimethyl fumarate, diroximel fumarate, or to any of the excipients of BAFIERTAM.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Anaphylaxis and Angioedema - BAFIERTAM can cause anaphylaxis and angioedema after the first dose or at any time during treatment. Signs and symptoms in patients taking dimethyl fumarate (the prodrug of BAFIERTAM) have included difficulty breathing, urticaria, and swelling of the throat and tongue. Patients should be instructed to discontinue BAFIERTAM and seek immediate medical care should they experience signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis or angioedema.

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy - Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) has occurred in patients with MS treated with dimethyl fumarate (the prodrug of BAFIERTAM).
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New Study Links Obesity to Faster Nerve Loss in People with MS

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April 23, 2020
Johns Hopkins University researchers funded in part by the National MS Society report that people with MS who were obese experienced accelerated loss of optic nerve tissue compared to people of normal weight. The study followed 513 people with MS  for about four years. The authors suggest that, if confirmed, the findings show a link between a wellness factor – body weight -- and MS progression, and support studies that would track whether reducing weight can improve outcomes in MS.Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been increasingly used as a research tool to detect and track damage that occurs to the nerves in the back of the eye. OCT scanning is done with a small machine that can fit into an examining room, is relatively inexpensive, painless and well tolerated.This team has previously shown that the rate of tissue thinning seen on OCT in people with MS over time reliably mirrors overall brain health and nerve loss, suggesting that OCT can show underlying disease progression.In this study, loss of tissue in a specific nerve layer in the back of the eye, called the ganglion cell and inner plexiform layer, was accelerated in people who were obese at the start of the study (defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher).This study adds important evidence to previous findings that obesity worsens outcomes for people with MS. Understanding further the relation between obesity and nervous system health may also have implications for people with other health concerns.Obesity is considered a modifiable risk factor – learn more about healthy eating and taking control of your weight. Get information on food planning during the coronavirus pandemic from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“Association of body mass index with longitudinal rates of retinal atrophy in multiple sclerosis” by Drs. Angeliki G Filippatou, Shiv Saidha and colleagues (The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD) was published on April 16, 2020 in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.

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MS Society-Supported Wellness Research Group Publishes Strategies for Improving Diet Studies in People with MS

April 27, 2020
Can a person’s diet make their MS worse or better? Is there an ideal diet for people with MS? Evidence-based answers to these and other questions require results from well-designed studies. A Wellness Research Group supported by the National MS Society has published new strategies for improving diet studies in people affected by MS, based on studies that have already been completed or are underway. These recommendations can inform studies going forward to ensure they provide the answers people and their healthcare providers need to enhance well being. See how a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress management and other wellness strategies can help you manage your symptoms and feel your best.

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As part of its ongoing wellness initiative, the National MS Society convened a group of researchers with experience in MS and  diet-related research, as well as a person living with MS, to develop recommendations regarding unmet needs and opportunities in diet -related research. The group’s primary mission is to promote scientific evidence to support lifestyle, behavioral, and psychosocial approaches for promoting wellness in people living with MS.Based on lessons learned from recent or ongoing diet studies, the group discussed several recommendations going forward, including the following:Begin dietary studies with an education session led by a nutritionist and include local options for food shopping. Include partners/significant others, to ease implementation at home. Make sure that people fully understand the dietary interventions they are being asked to follow, and what will be expected in terms of time, finances, and travel.Let people who already cook be creative with the diet plan to increase flexibility, but include highly specific guidance for people who do not, to decrease anxiety.Depression, anxiety, fatigue, and mobility impairments – common in the course of MS – may affect adherence and need to be considered in study design.Studies may involve collecting blood, urine or stool samples, but it’s important to balance the need for samples with the fact that collecting them too frequently may deter recruitment or compliance. “Conducting dietary intervention trials in people with multiple sclerosis: Lessons learned and a path forward” is published by Dr. Kathryn Fitzgerald, Dr. Ellen Mowry (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) and colleagues in the journal MS & Related Disorders.

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What We Know About Multiple Sclerosis and COVID-19 - a Video by Stephen Krieger, MD

What We Know About Multiple Sclerosis and COVID-19 - a Video by Stephen Krieger, MD
Stephen Krieger, MD
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Starting Mayzent Early of Greater Benefit in SPMS, 5-Year Trial Data Show

Starting Mayzent Early of Greater Benefit in SPMS, 5-Year Trial Data Show
APRIL 22, 2020 -  BY MARISA WEXLER, MS


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People with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) who began treatment with Mayzent early and continued its use for years are less likely to experience disability progression than those starting the medication later in their disease course, five-year data from the EXPAND study suggest.
Data from this same Phase 3 clinical trial further suggest that Mayzent can help preserve important tissues in the brain, delaying physical disability and slowing cognitive decline.
The findings were published in a supplementary issue of the journal Neurology following the cancellation of the 2020 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayzent (siponimod), developed by Novartis, is approved to treat active SPMS in both the United States and Europe. The oral therapy belongs to a class of medications called S1P receptor modulators. These work by ‘trapping’ immune cells in lymph nodes (immunological structures), which can limit the inflammation that causes nervous system damage in MS.
The Phase 3 EXPAND clinical trial (NCT01665144) is evaluating the safety and efficacy of Mayzent in people with SPMS. In the first part of this Novartis-sponsored study, participants were given either Mayzent or a placebo tablet for about three years. Results from this core part of the study, released in 2017, showed that Mayzent significantly slowed disability progression and cognitive decline compared to the placebo.
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OCREVUS® (ocrelizumab) Pregnancy Registry

OCREVUS® (ocrelizumab) Pregnancy Registry
OCREVUS® (ocrelizumab) Pregnancy Registry


Do you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and are you pregnant? Then you may be able to take part in a global registry of women with MS who are pregnant and either have or have not received OCREVUS® (ocrelizumab) during or within 6 months before their pregnancy.



About pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis

The effects of a particular medicine on the health of an unborn baby are often unknown because pregnant women are not usually included in clinical research studies to test a potential new medicine. Pregnancy registries aim to collect information that could help women and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions about using a particular medicine during pregnancy in the future.


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COVID-19 and MS - Global Data Sharing Initiative

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#DataSavesLives – #MSCOVID19

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across the globe, the demand for data on the impact of the novel coronavirus on people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) grows rapidly.
This information is crucial for people with MS and clinicians to make evidence-based decisions on how to manage their condition during the pandemic or in case of a COVID-19 infection.
MS Data Alliance and the MS International Federation have teamed up to set up a Global Data Sharing Initiative and are calling for individuals and organisations across the global MS movement to get involved.  Watch our animation.

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New 6-Year Data for Genentech’s Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) Show Earlier Treatment Initiation Nearly Halves Risk of Needing Walking Aid in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Post-hoc analysis from 6 years of Phase III open-label extension studies showed Ocrevus treatment reduced the risk of needing a walking aid (EDSS≥6) by 49% in relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (RMS) patients compared with patients who switched from interferon beta-1a two years later –
– Separate analysis showed Ocrevus slowed thalamic volume loss in patients with RMS and Primary Progressive MS (PPMS) vs. interferon beta-1a and placebo, respectively –
– More than 150,000 people have been treated with Ocrevus globally, in clinical trial and real-world settings; data continue to show a consistent and favorable benefit-risk profile –

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South San Francisco, CA -- April 27, 2020 --
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced new analyses of Phase III OPERA I and OPERA II studies, as well as the open-label extensions, showing that Ocrevus® (ocrelizumab) treatment reduced the risk of disease and disability progression in RMS and PPMS. These new analyses add additional evidence to the benefit-risk profile of Ocrevus, including the impact of MS on people’s daily lives. The data were selected for the 72nd American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting and will be made available online via virtual presentation in the coming weeks (in lieu of an in-person event).
“For people with MS, maintaining mobility for as long as possible is very important. We are encouraged by these new longer-term analyses showing that earlier initiation of Ocrevus treatment may reduce the risk of needing a walking aid by nearly 50 percent over six years,” said Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. “Slowing MS progression earlier in the disease course – not just treating relapses – may bring additional clinically meaningful outcomes to people living with this disease.”
Effect of Ocrevus on disability progression and risk of needing a walking aid in patients with RMS
Earlier treatment with Ocrevus may delay the risk of needing a walking aid compared to those who switched from interferon beta-1a two years later in a new post-hoc analysis from the open-label extension of the Phase III OPERA studies in RMS. The risk was measured by the length of time until a person reached a score on the Expanded disability Status Scale of 6 or greater (EDSS≥6) that was sustained for at least 48 weeks. People treated with Ocrevus had a 49% reduction in the risk of needing a walking aid compared to those that received interferon beta-1a over 6 years of study (4.3% vs. 7.2%*; p=0.0042). Safety profiles in the double-blind period and open-label extension were generally consistent.
Effect of Ocrevus on disease progression measured by thalamic atrophy
Ocrevus progressively slowed thalamic atrophy (as measured by change in thalamic volume) in patients with RMS or PPMS. Results from the double-blind periods of the Phase III OPERA I, OPERA II and ORATORIO studies showed significantly less thalamic atrophy compared with interferon beta-1a and placebo, respectively (both pContinue reading by clicking here


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Five Strategies for Safe Shopping

Even if you’re staying home whenever possible and practicing social distancing guidelines, going to the grocery store can be stressful and put you at greater risk of infection. Fortunately, there are a growing number of grocery delivery and curbside pick-up services — from national companies like Amazon and Instacart to local markets and restaurants that are adapting to the crisis. Jean Dobbs walks you through how to successfully navigate some of the options

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Coronavirus and MS Reporting Database Announced by Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers & National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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4-7-8 BREATH

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Beyond Motor Symptom Wearing-off in Parkinson’s Disease – What Are We Missing?

Beyond Motor Symptom Wearing-off in Parkinson’s Disease – What Are We Missing?

European Neurological Review. 2020;15(Suppl. 1):2–7

Abstract

In the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD), wearing-off refers to the recurrence of motor (and non-motor) symptoms typically preceding scheduled doses of anti-parkinsonian medication. These can exert a substantial functional burden on the patient, are a frequent occurrence in patients with PD, can occur early in the disease, and most individual symptoms are progressive. As such, efforts should be made to detect wearing-off as early as possible so that appropriate therapeutic action can be taken to mitigate symptoms. Here we present the highlights of a satellite symposium held at the 2019 International Congress of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders, Nice, France, discussing the clinical spectrum of wearing-off symptoms, including both motor and non-motor features, the challenges clinicians face in the management of wearing-off, our current understanding regarding the time course of motor fluctuations and how this has evolved beyond the classical view of PD staging, and available treatments to mitigate both motor and non-motor symptoms.

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#Parkinson’s disease, wearing-off, motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms

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Olivier Rascol has served as a consultant or on advisory boards for AbbVie, Adamas, Acorda Therapeutics, Addex, AlzProtect, Apopharma, AstraZeneca, Bial, Biogen, Britannia, Bukwang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Clevexel, Denali Therapeutics, INC Reasearch, Lundbeck, Lupin, Merck, MundiPharma, Neuratris, NeuroDerm, Novartis, ONO Pharma, Osmotica, Oxford Biomedica, Parexel, Pfizer, Prexton Therapeutics, Quintiles, Sanofi, Servier, Sunovion, Theranexus, Takeda, Teva, UCB, Vectura, Watermark Research, XenoPort, XO and Zambon; has received grants from the French National Research Agency (ANR), University Hospital Centre of Toulouse, France Parkinson, INSERM-DHOS Translational Clinical Research, Michael J Fox Foundation, Hospital Clinical Research Program and the European Commission (Horizon 2020, 7th Framework Programme); and an honorarium to participate in a symposium and contribute to the review of an article for the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. Hubert Fernandez has acted as a consultant for Acorda Therapeutics, Amneal, Bial Neurology, CNS Ratings LLC, Denali Therapeutics, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Pfizer, Partners Healthcare System/Parkinson Study Group, Revance Therapeutics, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Sunovion Research and Development Trust; as an independent contractor (including contracted research) for Acorda Therapeutics, Michael J Fox Foundation, Movement Disorders Society, National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Parkinson Study Group, Sunovion, Elsevier as the Editor in Chief of Parkinsonism & Related Disorders; and has been involved in teaching and speaking activities for the American Osteopathic Association, Bial, Cleveland Clinic, South Alabama Medical Science Foundation, Thoraxx Clinical Communications and Ultimate Medical Academy Education. Per Odin has received honoraria for consultancies, advisory boards and speaker activities from AbbVie, Britannia, Lundbeck, Nordic Infucare, Teva, UCB, Zambon and Bial; and has participated as an investigator in clinical studies performed by AbbVie and Britannia. Joaquim Ferreira has received payments for consultancy, advisory boards and grants from Abbott, AbbVie, Affiris, Allergan, Bial, Biogen, Fundação MSD (Portugal), GlaxoSmithKline, Grunenthal, Ipsen, Lundbeck, Medtronic, Merck Serono, Merz, MSD, Novartis, Solvay, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Teva and Zambon.

Compliance with Ethics

This article reports the proceedings of a sponsored satellite symposium and did not involve any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

Acknowledgements

Medical writing support was provided by Stuart Wakelin and Alex Lowe of Touch Medical Communications and funded by Bial


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NARCRMS ENROLLMENT MILESTONE: 700 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PARTICIPANTS ENROLLED

NARCRMS ENROLLMENT MILESTONE: 700 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PARTICIPANTS ENROLLED
**A press release shared with kind permission of our society partner, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)**
Patient Registry is a Collaborative Public-Private Partnership Under the Auspices of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)
(Hackensack, NJ, March 2020) — The North American Registry for Care and Research in MS (NARCRMS) is pleased to announce enrollment of its 700th patient on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. NARCRMS anticipates enrolling up to 1,250 patients across 30 sites in the US and Canada. The registry is committed to recruiting patients of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, with over 150 Hispanic patients and approximately 75 patients that self-identify as Black or African American enrolled to date.
The mission of NARCRMS is to provide clinicians and researchers with a greater, more integrated ability to track the incidence, prevalence and course of Multiple Sclerosis. Through information sharing, the registry seeks to improve the understanding of MS and facilitate care at every level. NARCRMS is unique as the first open source MS registry in the US and Canada that provides de-identified data to all stakeholders.
NARCRMS is a highly collaborative effort involving other MS registries, clinicians, researchers, and people living with MS and is endorsed by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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First Coast Integrative Medicine listing of Resources for exercise, recipes and COVID items

First Coast Integrative Medicine listing of Resources for exercise, recipes and COVID items

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Resources for exercise and recipes

        www.yogamovesms.org
        https://www.msworkouts.com/


COVID-19 Wellness Resources

 

 
Resources for making and ordering masks

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These are the Times That Try Men’s Souls - written by an MS patient

These are the Times That Try Men’s Souls  - written by an MS patient
Written by award winning writer, Cathy Chester         - April 6, 2020


I held off writing about the current pandemic because the amount of information we’re ingesting changes so quickly. My usual positive slant on life and living with MS won’t cut it this time. What we’re facing now is scary and unprecedented in modern times.
My focus remains the same, to educate, inspire and empower you as much as possible. And if there’s one thing I hope you come away with after reading this post (despite it being so cliché) is that we really are in this together.
It’s our responsibility to not only help ourselves right now but also help others whenever we can.
It’s an anxious time to be alive with the rampant spread of coronavirus affecting our world. The growing number of people testing positive, many losing the battle, turns normal everyday stress completely on its ear.
Now it’s a whole new ballgame. I think from here on in we’ll be referring to our lives in terms of of pre-virus and post-virus.
Disputes on who’s responsible for COVID-19 or what steps should have been put into place prior to it seem senseless right now. Our main focus is fighting the monster that’s destroying thousands upon thousands of lives, and following mandates to stay home, practice physical distancing, and washing our hands often to “flatten (or crush) the curve.”
The World Health Organization (WHO)  recommends the following:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (Author’s Note: For at least 20 seconds or the length of time it takes to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY) or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.When coughing and sneezing cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue. Discard the tissue in the trash.Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, particularly those who are coughing and sneezing.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.Practice food safety by using different chopping boards for raw meat and cooked foods, and wash your hands between handling them.
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DOES IMMUNOSUPPRESSION PROTECT YOU FROM SEVERE COVID-19?


By Prof G
April 7, 2020
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The hypothesis that immunosuppression may protect you from severe COVID-19 is gaining traction. New data released on the 4th April 2020 from the UK’s Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre suggests it may. When comparing 2249 patients admitted to ITU in the UK with severe COVID-19 the proportion of immunocompromised patients was 3.7x lower than the proportion of immunocompromised patients admitted to ITU with viral pneumonia (the comparator) between 2017 and 2019 (2.3% vs. 8.5%). This was a highly significant difference (p
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FDA Removes Pregnancy Category C Warning From Certain MS Medications

Clinical Neurology News/Neurology Reviews, By Lucas Franki
April 2, 2020



The Food and Drug Administration has updated the labels for peginterferon beta-1a (Plegridy) and interferon beta-1a (Avonex) to include more information about usage of these medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding in women with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The FDA based the decision on data from more than 1,000 real-world pregnancies, including pregnancies from a large epidemiologic study and published studies over several decades, which found no connection between use of interferon-beta products during early pregnancy and an increased risk of major birth defects, according to the FDA.

As a result, the labels for both medications will no longer have the pregnancy category C designation; however, patients should continue to notify their health care provider if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA decision to remove the warning follows a similar decision by the European Medicines Agency last year.

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“Many women with MS are diagnosed during their childbearing years. With this important update for Plegridy and Avonex, healthcare providers have more data to inform appropriate treatment paths for patients who may be pregnant or planning for pregnancy,” said Bernd Kieseier, MD, MHBA, executive director and head of global MS at Worldwide Medical, Biogen, in a press release.



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Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should—
fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the facebe secured with ties or ear loopsinclude multiple layers of fabricallow for breathing without restrictionbe able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
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